Inspiration for this home comes from the majestic landscape of the St. Lawrence River estuary, visible from the rocky headland on which it is located. Built on a steep slope and unobtrusive on the street side, the house is completely open to the river, unfolding toward the horizon.
Thellend Fortin Architects
Louis Thellend and Lisa-Marie Fortin form a dynamic team with an innovative approach to architecture, its relationship with its context, and its impact on the environment.
Their practice has allowed them to develop a sensitive vision of the environments in which their projects transpire. Their creative approach explores the dynamics of contemporary life, and their architectural achievements demonstrate deep insight into current issues and practices.
Possessing diverse architectural experience, Thellend Fortin Architects have collaborated on the design and development of local and international projects of all scales.
The expansion of this 1930s Outremont residence echoes the classical architectural language of this elegant residential neighbourhood. The new exterior finishing materials—hewn Saint-Marc limestone and tinned copper eaves—harmonize with those of the original structure, following an ornamental line that espouses the aesthetic canons of the era.
The design of the Canopy House was inspired by the leafy hardwood forest originally found on this mountainside Laurentian site. Inside, its spatial configuration is inverted: bedrooms are closely connected to topography, while living areas on the ground floor take the form of spacious open volumes.